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The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing

First book of the community will be:

Title: The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing
Author: Melissa Bank
Genre: Realistic fiction, young adult
Rating (out of 5): 4.5

This book is one that I would have expected to be up there with the best sellers, but I'd never heard of it before I picked it up (although it does say 'the number one bestseller' on the cover...most books I've never seen in my life have that as well).
The blurb of this book really doesn't describe the story well at all. The blurb is good, and so is the book, but they are hardly related. The story follows Jane, and begins with a chapter looking at her brother's girlfriend(s), and then her embarking on her own adventure of finding love. The blurb places too much emphasis on that first chapter, and also on the last one, which sees Jane pick up a book entitled How to Find and Marry Mr. Right. They really don't play such a big part.

The book is well written, and I like the use of words. Bank is also rather creative in the way of trying different styles of writing within the book - the first chapter is in past tense, while the second is in present, and it switches throughout the book, to no obvious detriment, which is admirable. One chapter is also written in the form of 'you did this' instead of 'I did this' (is there a name for this? 4th person, perhaps?) but not in such a way that it is cringe-worthy, and I have yet to understand why this is.

One thing that I didn't like about this book was how the chapters where all in different time periods, and it took a page or two to comprehend what was going on. It was also a teensy bit predictable, the last chapter, anyway.

All in all, though, a very good read. Definitely recommended.